Tuesday, August 18, 2009

What A Little Public Humiliation Will do

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So, some of you saw my previous post about my crappy office chair (and horribly messy office in general). It's a must see picture, so if you missed it, click here.




I laughed as much as I blushed



It's all good amongst friends, right?


Anyway...I finally got my rear in gear and cleaned the office. (I should note that I work part time as a Medical Billing Specialist and this is also my work office).


Plus bought a new chair.


That's what a little public humiliation will do for you.


questions: have you ever been motivated by something embarrassing? And, don't you just love a clean office? I had to take a picture, cuz you KNOW it wont last *sigh*.

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25 comments:

Novice Writer Anonymous said...

It looks like a completely different space! Did you rearrange the furniture?

Side question: How long was the schooling for medical billing and coding? Or did you have to go to school? Just curious as it's something I've thought about.

Lazy Writer said...

I have to say, I'm a little jealous! My office is still a disaster!

Dominique said...

I can't even lie about it, the biggest motivator for my cleaning short of I-need-to-find-the-floor-again-so-I-can-walk, is when my friends are coming over. I don't want to admit to my friends how messy I sometimes am.

Amanda J. said...

Man that's one nice looking chair! And such a clean space... I give it a week. :P I can never keep work spaces clean, it just feels so stifled if it's perfect, ya know? Or maybe that's just me haha.

PJ Hoover said...

There is nothing like embarrassment for motivation. It is amazing incentive.

Lisa and Laura said...

I'm jealous of the messy office! My office is an armchair...ouch.

Anita said...

I get embarrassed about almost nothing. I wish I knew why!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Whoa, that is a spiffy office. Glad you made photo verification of its pristine state. I have to clean my office before anyone comes. I toss papers on the floor at my feet, write notes on scraps that pile up before I do anything with them, have my camera, cords, battery charger and other such stuff all about. Congrats on the most-awesome chair. Well deserved.

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

I'm tempted to take a picture of my current set up in our playroom. I need to find a new writing home. Yes, embarrassing events motivate me daily. :D
~ Wendy

Sarah said...

Lovely!

And oh yes, public humiliation works for me. I've been writing like crazy again because of an upcoming SCBWI conference. I do not want to tell folks there that I haven't finished the huge, huge revisions I had begun last year.

FictionGroupie said...

I should take a picture of my space. A little public humiliation may kick me into gear as well. Yours looks great!

storyqueen said...

The only thing that motivates me to clean ANYTHING is the fear that someone else will see it!

Shelley

Davin Malasarn said...

Tess, cleanliness last about ten seconds in my home. And, it's all due to me. No kids to blame. Your office looks beautiful now, though! I'm happy for you.

Although I can't think of an example right now, I'm sure embarrassment has inspired me on more than one occasion. Criticism is sometimes embarrassing--sometimes--and that inspired me in my writing all the time.

Crystal said...

Looks BEAUTIFUL, Tess! Good job!

And yes, like storyqueen, I'm usually motivated to keep our rooms somewhat straightened up because we never know when someone will be stopping by (especially now that our house is up for sale). And the kids' room is especially hard to keep straight! My youngest has dolls everywhere . . . and forget about my "office space" which is in my bedroom (yes, I know, it's VERY cramped to my husband's chagrin) . . . so I'm prayin' I'll have more space to work in our next residence.

lotusgirl said...

humiliation is an extremely good motivator for me. Sometimes it's the best one to get me to do things that I don't like to do.

MG Higgins said...

Honestly, don't you miss the duct tape just a teensy bit? It was so ... unique.

Kelly H-Y said...

I don't get much done until my office space is clean! Your office ... and the new chair ... look great!

Danyelle said...

Beautiful desk!

Solvang Sherrie said...

I wish my office was that clean. It's such a mess in there I've been using my laptop in the kitchen :(

As for being motivated by embarrassment, I guess seeing a picture of myself 30 pounds ago motivated me to lose weight. I've kept if off for more than a year, too.

Tess said...

So glad to know I'm not the only one who throws things into closets and drawers before company comes over ;)

thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment. I was gone for most of the day and it was great to come back and read your input!! Now to go check out y'alls blogs...

Stephanie said...

Hi Tess,
Love your blog!
Yes, in my haste to ask a member of my board of advisors to reach out to a publisher for me, I attached the wrong version of an essay I wrote. Oh my God, I don't think it necessary to say that will never happen again. The lesson came from the humiliation I felt...never rush, no matter what and always triple check.
Oh brother...great to find you.
Stephanie

Stephanie Faris said...

My entire house, every time company is coming!!! How's that for an answer? Of course, we all know you have to have people over every now and then just to make yourself do a thorough cleaning.

Jessica said...

My house is cleaned every time someone comes over! LOL Yes, yes, humiliation is a great motivator. LOL! I love your office space. Very nice. :-)

Kate Karyus Quinn said...

Motivated by something embarrassing - um, yeah - pretty much the only time my house gets a thorough cleaning is when people are coming over and there will be witnesses to the unholy mess that we usually live in:)

Sherry Dale Rogers said...

Dang no more chair bondage.

I was wondering if you could give me an email, I would like to ask you a question.
bizzrogers@yahoo.com